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I sometimes cough up little balls of clear mucus. They are small and jelly like consistency. I have allergies and post nasal drip. What are these?

I sometimes cough up little balls of clear mucus. They are small and jelly like consistency. I have allergies and post nasal drip. What are these?

Allergies..: When you experience nasal allergies the mucus is collected in the upper respiratory tract and drains from your nose to the back of your throat sort to say. That is the clear mucus you are noticing. ...Read more

Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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Hello Doctor, I have been experiences cough for about 2 months now. I have been to 3 or 4 doctors and nothing is helping. I have asthma and allergies. I have coughed up blood mucus twice in 2 months. I cough up small mucus balls every now and then. I have

Hello Doctor, I have been experiences cough for about 2 months now. I have been to 3 or 4 doctors and nothing is helping. I have asthma and allergies. I have coughed up blood mucus twice in 2 months. I cough up small mucus balls every now and then. I have

Combination problem: I assume you have had a thorough history and physical with appropriate tests including lung function, chest xrays and CT of sinuses. Many people with chronic cough tend to have a combination of 1-asthma, 2-post nasal drip from allergies and/or sinusitis and 3-silent gastroesophageal reflux. All three must be managed. Don't brush aside #3 even if you don't feel heartburn. ...Read more

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I cough up clear mucus with what looks like balls these range in size and colour what could this be and what should i do?

I cough up clear mucus with what looks like balls these range in size and colour what could this be and what should i do?

Probably a cold: Maybe an allergy. Allergy don't cause fevers or aches and pains. You might have swollen lymph nodes ("glands") in the neck with a cold. Allergies to outdoor environmental things like pollens are usually seasonal. Indoor things (dust) are all year round. Antihistamines are helpful as symptom reducers for allergies and are available OTC. Best for colds chicken soup. ...Read more

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I am getting over a cold, I have a lingering cough that has been accompanied by coughing up mucus, clear sometimes round jelly like balls. Am i ok?

I am getting over a cold, I have a lingering cough that has been accompanied by coughing up mucus, clear sometimes round jelly like balls. Am i ok?

Likely OK: It is not uncommon to have a lingering cough after an upper respiratory infection that can last up to a month. As long as the mucus is mot often clear and your not feeling feverish or with chills or significant chest pain, there's little to worry about. ...Read more

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Why do I have little bit of blood when i cough out mucus?

Why do I have little bit of blood when i cough out mucus?

Not unusual: It is not unusual to sometimes get a bit of blood in mucus when you cough forceful or clear your throat repeatedly. Stay hydrated to thin mucus and reduce the need to cough or clear throat as much. If you are getting a teaspoon or more of blood/ bloody mucus when you cough or clear your throat, you should see you primary doctor promptly. ...Read more

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Find it a hard time to take a deep breath and when I do take one i let a out a cough and sometime a little bit of mucus comes out. What could it be?

Respiratory issues: Difficulty breathing on exhalation with mucus production is commonly seen in asthma. Difficulty breathing on inspiration with a cough is commonly seen with vocal cord dysfunction. Some people have both. A physician can perform spirometry (lung function test) to assess and provide recommendations for a treatment plan. ...Read more

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I'm having this cough again that is very dry with very little white mucus and sometimes won't go out and tightens my chest ? I've had bronchitis last

I'm having this cough again that is very dry with very little white mucus and sometimes won't go out and tightens my chest ?
I've had bronchitis last

Asthma: I'm suspicious that your persistant cough may be a form of asthma. It does not sound like you are infected. I would wonder if the cough wakes you up at night or if it gets worse with exercise. If it continues you should see your physician. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more